In the early hours of this morning, well before the sun rose, husband headed off to work. He kissed me goodbye and said “don’t forget, you need to be up in an hour”. I probably nodded and rolled over, who knows it was ridiculously early.
And then did what anyone else would do at 4.30am, I went back to sleep. 5.30 must have come and gone, because when I next woke, it was 6.42pm.
Normally not such a drama, but this morning was special – I was having breakfast with Sir Bob Geldof! Fuck, fuck, fuck, late, late, late!! Jumped out of bed, chucked on some clothes, swept the unruly hair into a pony, found some shoes and literally ran out the door. I made it to Crown in record time, with minimal swearing. Win all round really.
In my many years in events and corporate communications I have been to lots of events with speakers; some fabulous and some terrible. It’s a testament to Sir Bob’s ability that the entire room was dead silent for much of his time on stage. He was the perfect mix of funny, political, sentimental and inspiring, the result was perfectly mesmerising.
It wasn’t until I got to work that I had to think about Poss.
I had skipped the wake up, the begging to get dressed, the fights over breakfast. Missed the making of her lunchbox, the battles over hair and the long drive to school. I skipped it all and went to breakfast instead.
And I for that, I have to thank my Mum. She slept over last night to make sure she would be here for Poss this morning. She works full time, but she still did it. She did the hair, the lunch, the uniform. She drove Poss to school, which is in a different direction to her work.
She then waited for me to call her, not wanting to interrupt my morning out. “Poss was fine” she said, “she loved having breakfast with me”. Of course she did.
Then she called at the end of the day to talk to Poss, “how was your day, baby?” she asked. Poss had lost words, but grunted her “good” grunt. And Mama knew what that meant, without it having to be explained.
So thank you mum, for giving up your night in your own bed and helping me keep my family on track and organised, so I could hear a truly inspirational man speak. Thank you for sticking to Poss’ routine so her day started in the best possible way. Thank you for caring so much about our girl, that you can decipher her grunts, even down the phone.
Linking up with Kate from KateSaysStuff for Thankful Thursday.
PS – And as a special thank you to all you mums who read my blog, I am going to be doing a few give aways next week, in the lead up to Mothers Day. You are all pretty special too and I am thrilled to be able to give you a present or two. Watch this space – details will come on Sunday night!